From: Joe Shea
Date: 09/12/04 01:30:09
Subject: URGENT: North Korea May Have Tested Nuclear Devioce Sept. 9
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September 12, 2004
Breaking news from a variety of sourcwes indicates that North Korea may have joined the nuclear club three days ago with the test of a nuclear weapon at a site near a northern miliyary base in Yanggang province. Below, we are providing a special report updated within the last half hour.
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by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
September 12, 2004
<I>Special Report</i><br>POSSIBLE A-TEST REPORTED IN NORTH KOREA by Joe Shea American Reporter Correspondent
BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 12, 2004 (3:45am EDT) -- Amid reports by the South Korean news agency Yonhap that a large "mushroom cloud" as much as 2.5 miles in diameter was seen near a northern military base in North Korea on Sept. 9, The Associated Press is reporting this morning that a vast explosion occurred at 11 a.m. Thursday in that nation's Yanggang province. Meanwhile, the <i>New York Times</i> in an exclusive report this morning says U.S. spy satellites have spotted alarming signs of preparation for a nuclear weapons test in North Korea. While there is no confirmation yet of such a test, there is concern that North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon on its own soil on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of its founding in 1948. The Yonhap agency actually carried two reports, with one citing a possible natural cause for the blast and another siting a South Korean diplomatic source "as raising the possibility of an accident or a nuclear test." A 2.20 a.m. update from the A.P. that was carried on the MSNBC Web site said "A large explosion occurred in the northern part of North korea, sending a huge column of smoke into the air on an important anniversary of the communist regime, a South Korean news agency reported." The diplomatic source told Yonhap, "We understand that a mushroom-chaped cloud about 3.5 to 4 kilometers (2.2 to 2.5 miles) in diameter was monitored during the explosion." In its lead story on the <i>New York Times</i> Cybertimes Website this morning, the paper reports from Washington Saturday that "President Bush and his top advisors have received intelligence reports in recent days describing a series of actions by North Korea that some experts believe could indicate that the country is preparing to conduct its first test explosion of a nuclear weapon, according to senior officials with access to the intelligence." The <i>Times</i> report suggests that reprocessed plutonium harvested from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods may have been the source of the fuel that would be used in a North Korean nuclear weapon. Critics of the Bush administration have said repeatedly that the administration's efforts to overthrow Saddam Hussein came at the cost of ignoring developments in North Korea's nuclear arms program. Iran is also reportedly close to having the capacity to assemble a nuclear weapon. The <i>New York Times</i> report would suggest the administration did not know of the apparent Sept. 9 blast, or was trying to prepare the general public for the news.